Feb 6, 2024 - Politics & Policy

House GOP wants another try on Mayorkas after failed impeachment vote

(Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

House Republicans are vowing to bring articles of impeachment back to the floor after a vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas narrowly failed on Tuesday.

Why it matters: GOP members were fuming after the vote went down, with some questioning why it was brought to the floor without the votes.

  • House Republican Conference Vice Chairman Blake Moore (R-Utah) flipped his vote at the last minute, procedurally allowing leadership to bring it back up after it was clear they were short one vote.
  • Multiple GOP sources said it was unclear whether Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) would be present for the vote, causing some confusion with the whip count.
  • Members said they expect House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) — who has been recovering from cancer treatment — to be back in coming weeks, which would improve their margins.

What they‘re saying: GOP members expressed disappointment and frustration with the vote failure, with some lashing out at the Republican "no" votes and leadership.

  • “Democrats hid one of their members trying to throw us off on the numbers,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) alleged after the vote.
  • “Wouldn't need a statement if you'd just not vote with Democrats to save a Democrat,” Rep. Mike Collins (R-Ga.) tweeted, taking a shot at Rep. Mike Gallagher’s (R-Wis.) statement on his "no" vote.
  • “I would have thought they would have known (the whip count). They're good on the other side of that.. Is it that hard?" Rep. Ralph Norman told CNN.
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